Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Inventions to make life easier

They say the idle mind is a devil's workshop. As for me, the idle mind keeps wandering away to create gizmos that would/could/should exist, and if they already do, should be made more accessible. Here are a few -

  • An electronic device to plug into a mobile to transfer all the names and phone numbers onto its memory, then to be transferred the same way onto another mobile phone's memory.

  • For people who don't have radios, they can pick up the phone receiver and tune in to different FM channels. An incoming call can either be heard like a call waiting beep, or the normal way by the phone's ringing. Needless to say, this service should be absolutely free.

  • A hand-held television, that looks something like a GameBoy which can tune in to all channels including the pay channels. This way travelling becomes so much easier.

  • Power socket points in train compartments to charge batteries or mobile phones or... well, the list is endless.

  • A torch that is charged by keeping it exposed to any form of light - the bigger the surface area of the torch, the better. When its time to use the torch, a thin beam of light enough to read a book in the dark can be used. Hmmm... now if only there was a way to store light energy to be used later.

  • Music channels like MTV and Channel V playing real-time free-to-air on FM radio.

  • Mobile phones should have a locator that can be activated by the user for a specific other mobile number. Then another person using that other mobile number should be able to track down this user using his mobile phone. The simplest way could be playing beeps for "hot" and "cold" depending on how close or far the other mobile phone is. Would be very helpful to locate people in crowded areas.

  • A transmitter that can be plugged in the output socket of any audio device. A pair of earphones with a receiver which will receive the audio over long distances. Something like a free-to-air transmission - would be great although illegal if done on the FM bandwidth.

  • A electro-static device that can be attached to the rims of the windows in your house which attracts all the dust and doesn't let it come inside the house.

  • A headset that can be plugged into the computer or the TV and then you can just lie down somewhere and watch the video on small screens in front of your eyes. Needless to say, you hear audio through earphones in the headset.

  • A belt clip device which comes with the handset, with wireless connectivity between the two. The belt clip raises an alarm as soon as the handset goes out of a range of approximately 6 feet from the clip. Big functionality in terms of not letting you forget your phone somewhere and walking away from it.

Friday, April 09, 2004

I've learnt that...

  • I've learnt that it doesn't take guts to sleep in class in the second week of first year even if you're sitting in the second row, middle seat in the middle block of seats. All it takes is screwed-up sleeping habits.

  • I've learnt that people will only believe what they want to - what they find the most amusing and funny. I repeat, I was NOT sleeping the day Ravi C caught me! :)

  • I've learnt that even Ravi C is human. A human in a position of great power and with a dangerous sense of humour.

  • I've learnt that Seb Morris is a God-level prof. And it just took me one class to realise that. The only one I could manage to stay awake in.

  • I've learnt that nights are the safest and most peaceful times ever. Most of the dangerous creatures on campus are all sleeping in their rooms.

  • I've learnt that a sense of humour is the best thing a person can possess. That, and life-long friends.

  • I've learnt that senti drunk friends talk straight from the heart.

  • I've learnt that I'll always feel like a tuccha to the facchas, even if they're a dozen years older than me.

  • I've learnt that reciprocated hugs are among the best things in the world.

  • I've learnt that instant messaging systems or not, gossip is the most developed form of communication I've seen.

  • I've learnt that writing is as easy as talking. You just shut the hell up and start typing your thoughts out instead.

  • I've learnt that some of my best conversations over Dbabble have been with strangers in the middle of the night. And there isn't really much to it. You see an interesting DBab nick, you send a message. That's how conversations are started anyway, right?

  • I've learnt that the presence of ;) at the end of a message can change the rudest message into the funniest.

  • I've learnt that my best friends are the ones with whom I can openly laugh at my sense of humour.

  • I've learnt that the biggest taste of power I've had over the last 2 years have been behind the camera with my finger ready to press on the REC button. :)

  • I've learnt that for the rest of my life, I will look at the numbers 14 and 13 differently.

  • I've learnt that like all senti people around, we shall move on to other things given our requirements of time and space... and for some, a coupla quarts of booze.

  • I've learnt that in a world of 6-plus billion, probably no one outside the 170 of us will ever really get the jokes, understand the sentiments or feel the memories that we all know too well now.

  • I've learnt that all each of us was in that place was just another brick in the wall.